Meet your Instructors
At Fine Art Bartending, each instructor we have knows exactly what students need to get started as a bartender. We have the most seasoned team teaching Vancouver’s best bartending course. You can expect to get tips on working in nightclubs, cocktail bars, private events, and even hockey games. Check out all our staff profiles below.
Sign up for DAYS with Jon Gagnon
Jon has a decade of experience in the restaurant industry, having served and bartended in restaurants and bars in both Edmonton and Vancouver. He also tours Canada as a standup comedian with Yuk Yuks in addition to doing gigs right here in town.
Jon got started in an Italian restaurant, which gave him a crash course in all things wine related. In addition to wine service, Jon also tended bar and perfected the martini for those very particular customers. After a few years, Jon was ready to move to the west coast to pursue new opportunities.
Jon landed at Moxie’s while developing his stand up routines, then moved on to Gastown’s Revel Room for a great new change of scenery. He now spends nights as a bartender manager at Rogers Arena and gets his choice of hockey games or concerts to work. If you are lucky, you might catch him doing a little standup on Sunday nights across the street from the school at Yagger’s.
Sign up for EVENINGS with Graham Masters
Graham brings over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including bartending, managing and even kitchen experience to the table. He has always had a passion for teaching, which makes him a natural. Trained as a chef, Graham moved to bartending as a means to satisfy his desire to mix and mingle various ingredients. He started his bartending career in Calgary at a little place called the Milk Tiger Lounge and after growing tired of the long, cold winters he packed his stuff and came out to the coast.
After moving to Vancouver, he landed in the craft cocktail scene working a few different venues in Gastown including the prestigious Revel Room. In addition to those smaller venues, he has also worked the bar at Chill Winston and Guilt and Co. as well as Vancouver’s classiest strip joint Brandi’s. Graham did a bit of juggling as a kid, and has incorporated that dexterity into a bit of flash and flair behind the bar. Years of entertaining customers definitely helps when now applying his skills as a bartending instructor.
His first day walking into 432 West Pender, he felt like he was home. Now Graham is ready to impart a little of the bartending wisdom gained over his years. Did we forget to mention he is also an artist? Maybe we will have a mural or two on the walls before long.
Sign up for WEEKENDS with Chris Stoner
Chris graduated from Vancouver Fine Art Bartending back in 1998. Bartending at university parties made him seek out a role behind the bar for both some extra cash and a parallel path to that engineering degree. Shortly after finishing the bartending classes, Chris started at a little Greek restaurant in Vancouver’s West Side, and after a couple years he moved on to the city’s best jazz club ‘The Cellar’. Doing a day job as an engineer, and night gig as a bartender soon caught up with him and he hung up his shaker set and bar rags to focus more on what he went to school for.
Since those early days as a bartender, Chris has always dreamed of opening his own little beach bar somewhere in the world. Chris has been to Europe, Asia, South America, 48 of the 50 US states and has had a drink in each of these places. Not all those beverages were good, but each place does things a little differently and Chris is effectively a student of everything. He regularly travels in search of that perfect serene and sandy spot, but for now is content to help out around Fine Art and teach on the weekends.
Try our Intro to Bartending Class with Jeroemie McKiel
Jeroemie has over 20 years of industry experience, which includes 5 years of dedicated teaching at Fine Art Bartending. Jeroemie now splits his time between high end hotels and us to teach specialty classes like our intro class.
At the age of 18 Jeroemie went to Bartending School in Toronto, and then got to work right after. He spent the first few years of his career working in various nightclubs throughout Ontario and Quebec. This even included a stint at Toronto’s famous Dock’s Nightclub. He soon realized though, that with the skill of bartending, he could set out to see the world.
Jeroemie’s bartending travels started in Britain working in various pubs throughout England, Ireland, and Scotland. Then when he’d seen his fare share of the UK, he moved on to see the rest of Europe. Gigs included working at all kinds of hotel bars across the Mediterranean. He even worked the bar on cruise lines occasionally to get from one country to the next. Jeroemie also took his skills down under, pouring pints all over Australia including at the world famous Bojangles Saloon. After years of travelling, and pouring literally thousands of drinks, Jeroemie decided to return to Canada, but not before a quick stop in New York to pour just a few more drops. Eventually, Jeroemie came back home, settling here in Vancouver.
Jeroemie has picked up a massive store of knowledge of all things drinkable. Add to that, an endless catalogue of stories from behind the world’s most famous bar tops. He’s been able to enjoy such a diverse career because of the effortless rapport he shares with his customers. As a student, you’ll notice that familiarity in less than 5 minutes. We are lucky to have him as a bartending instructor for these special nights.
Add some Bartending Flair with Ryan Boyd
Ryan has been with Fine Art Bartending School Vancouver for more than 12 years now. Over that time Ryan has been the lead bartending instructor and manager. Now Ryan has taken on the daunting task of teaching our students the basics of Working Flair Bartending. Finally, a short list of Ryan’s career highlights include:
- Graduated from Fine Art Bartending School Vancouver in 1994
- 18 years of bartending at Bar None, Pop Opera, Luce, La Terrazza, The Roxy, Richards on Richards, Voda Nightclub & Lounge, Mars Nightclub
- 10 years Instructor/Performer/Lead Instructor with the largest Flair Bartending training company in the world: extremebartending.com
- Organized, judged, competed-in & won various Flair Bartending & Cocktail competitions locally & internationally
- Featured Flair Bartending & Customer Service Trainer in the worlds #1 best selling Working Flair & Customer service DVD series
- Exhibited, performed, and spoke at various international trade shows
- Featured in Bar & Beverage and Night Club & Bar Magazine
- Appeared on various TV programs showcasing & promoting Flair Bartending
- Winner of National Martini, Cocktail, and Flair Competitions
- Traveled extensively internationally training hundreds of Nightclub, Casino and Restaurant Bartenders in Working Flair Bartending
- Consulted in the areas of Customer Service, Efficiency, Cocktail Menu Creation, Wine List Creation, and Suggestive Selling Techniques
- Continues to pursue a passion for wine, touring vineyards locally & internationally
And if you think you might be perfect to join our team, we are always open to seeing a resume or two. Have a look at our Jobs page for a rundown on what we might be looking for in a bartending instructor.